This growing U.S. military involvement in Africa reflects the fact that counterinsurgency has once again become one of the main elements of U.S. security strategy.
Or, as a senior U.S. military officer assigned to Africom was quoted as saying in a recent article in the U.S. Air University’s Strategic Studies Quarterly, "We don’t want to see our guys going in and getting wacked. … We want Africans to go in."
What Africa needs to confront insurgency is the reduction of poverty and corruption in those countries to whose leadership we are now supplying guns and training.
Progress in infrastructure, the introduction of microcredit, education and healthcare, can all contribute to improving the lives of the people in these countries.
Of course, that would be a logical, long-term solution for stability.